Sidharth Vardhan

Worth Killing

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(First written sometime in 2014)

X:“it is the cost you have to pay, a sacrifice you have to make in order to save your beliefs.
Y:“But they were innocents.”
X:“So they were but you can’t help it if the belief of many will cost the lives of a few.”
Y:“but they didn’t volunteer to do so.”
X:“That’s doesn’t matter.”
Y: (after some thinking)“Tell me something, how many people must believe in something, to make it worthwhile taking the life of one unwilling innocent?”
X: “I don’t understand your question?”
Y: (points to a little kid playing in the lawn) “Tell me something, if I was to suddenly start believing in a new God but that kid somehow threatens my belief merely by being there. Would it be okay for me to kill that kid?”
X: “of course not, you could just be excusing yourself. The belief of one person isn’t it enough.”
Y: “but if say ten people were to believe in this new god?”
X: “No, of course not. Still not enough.”
Y: “If say a hundred people were to believe, the idea of my personal type of god, would then it be okay to kill that kid against his will?”
X: “Of course not.”
Y: “Maybe a thousand people?”
X: “No.”
Y: “ten thousand? That is enough to start a new religion? Kid’s life is probably nothing for this new religion, right?”
X: (now feeling frustrated)“No. It doesn’t work like that.”
Y: “That kid can’t be killed even if the belief of ten thousand people is threatened! You astonish me. What if it was one lakh people?”
X shook his head.
Y: “ten lakh?” (seeing X shake his head again and again) “one crore? Ten crores? A hundred crore? Seven hundred crore? … why that the whole population of the planet!”
X remained silent.
Even if the whole Earth believe in something, it doesn’t make it worthwhile taking the life of one unwilling innocent, right?

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